Notes: We all want our SUVs to be able to stop on a dime, just not randomly and without warning. But that's what was happening to 2005 Pilot owners: their vehicles were slamming on the brakes even when they didn't. A government investigation of this problem led to a recall in March of 2013.

Another issue that keeps popping up is transmission fluid mixing with coolant in the radiator which is causing transmission failure, a costly repair to say the least.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,476 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 142011

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 149,200 miles


The front and side engine mount for my 2005 Honda Pilot needs/needed to be replaced. I had the side mount replaced 6 months ago and now the front mount needs to be replaced for a vehicle that is only 6 years old. I understand that a damaged engine mount is a safety issue. I have read comments online about this issue from other consumers. I have never known an engine mount to be worn from the several vehicles I've owned and when I mention it to my friends they are shocked to learn of this type of repair. It's analagous to having a bad screw or bolt which is very rare. This issue needs to be investigated. Perhaps Honda of America installed bad motor mounts on these cars and should have a recall.

- Ft. Washington, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 272010


  • 77,606 miles
Had a Honda dealership service center complete repairs on warped front brake rotors. Dealership informed me that the front motor mount is broken and collapsed and that the right rear shock is starting to leak. The vehicle has 77,606 miles and has been well taken care of and regularly serviced. After researching these issues, it appears that the motor mount and rear shock failures are not uncommon issues for 2005 Honda Pilot.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 43,100 miles
Radiator was apparently struck by rock and cracked. The Honda Pilot was immediately towed to dealer for factory replacement. Within two months the new radiator was severely damaged and cause of crack was undetermined. After searching the internet auto blogs there appear to be numerous complaints regarding cracked radiators in Honda Pilot from random road debris. This does not appear to be common in the Accord or other make and model vehicles suggestive to me that the repeated occurrence of cracked radiators in the Honda Pilot is a result of faulty design. This could lead to serious engine damage or injury if this continues.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202007

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
2005 Honda Pilot ex has only 16,000 miles. I am its original owner. The car has begun to shut off while driving over the last two months. Engine quits without warning and immobilizer key icon flashes on instrument panel. Engine restarts when placed in park. This obviously is a huge safety and liability issue. Took it to the Honda dealer and no error codes were found in the ECU. They could not duplicate and returned car to me. In typical corporate style they will not do anything about it until they can duplicate or the unthinkable happens. I will return the car to the dealer every time it happens again and seek whatever remedy available to me by law. American Honda has been notified and this potential catastrophe waiting to happen is on record.

- Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

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